NED University 17th Convocation | KU Plagiarism cases
NED University confers 864 degrees
Karachi, Mar 19: The NED University of Engineering and Technology conferred 864 degrees
to engineering graduates and postgraduates at its 17th Convocation on
Around 804 degrees were conferred to the graduates in 13
disciplines and 60 masters' degrees in 11 disciplines while a PhD degree was
awarded to NED University faculty member Dr Muhammad Shakaib.
The 13 top
scorers of various departments were awarded, while Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul
Ibad announced that the first three position holders of every department would
be given Rs 10,000 as a reward.
For the first time in the country, a
batch of five students studying marine engineering graduated from the university
in collaboration with Lloyds Register for Quality Assurance for Middle East and
Pakistan; a batch of 22 students studying petroleum engineering also graduated
for the first time from the university.
Expressing his joy on being a
part of the first batch of marine engineers graduating from a university in
Pakistan, Kamal Ahmed, who clenched the second position in the discipline, told
this scribe that he was proud of being a part of this historic start. He added
that he will try is best to show a positive image of the university wherever he
works in the future.
Gold medalist in Urban Engineering, Madiha Abid,
said that a fairly large number of women who took up engineering and have
graduated, and this proves that the country is progressing towards the status of
a developed country.
Addressing the ceremony, Dr Ibad, praised the role
of NED University in promoting engineering services in the country. "When I took
charge of my office as governor, there were 11 disciplines and 999 students in
the university, while now the university has grown to have 19 different
departments and around 1,917 students," Ibad revealed.
appealed to philanthropists to come forward and offer scholarships to the
students of the university. Quoting the example of Lloyds Register for Middle
East and Pakistan, he said that the collaboration and support offered by the
organisation reveals the close liaisons between the industry and the
The vice-chancellor of the university, Engr Abul Kalam, reading
the university report, revealed that from now on, the university's convocation
will be regularly held, enabling graduates to get their degrees within three
months of passing their degree examinations.
Addressing the participants
of the convocation, Lloyds Register's Engr Zahid Rehman said that the
establishment of six to seven new disciplines was in offing in the university
after the setting up of the Marine and Petroleum engineering departments.
"Lloyds Register has taken up the task to start a Masters in Marine Engineering
program and set up a Marine Architecture department in the university," he said. Daily Times
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Plagiarism cases not on KU Syndicate meeting agenda
Karachi: Infamous cases of plagiarism at the University of Karachi (KU)
have not been placed on the agenda of the upcoming KU Syndicate meeting despite
recommendations to look into the matter forwarded by the Plagiarism
Sources said that the KU Plagiarism Committee has discussed
the plagiarism cases reported against several teachers including present Faculty
of Islamic Studies Dean Prof. Jalaluddin Noori, former Faculty of Pharmacy Dean
Dr Najma Sultana, current Department of Chemistry Chairman Prof. Saeed Arayen
and others. These deliberations were ready to be reported to the Syndicate,
which is meeting on Saturday. The KU administration, however, failed to place
this item on the agenda.
A senior professor of the university said that
first, the KU vice-chancellor (VC) delayed action against Prof. Noori to let him
finish his tenure as the Islamic Studies department dean and now he is waiting
for Prof. Sultana to retire, allowing her to evade any possible action. Her
husband, Prof. Arayen, will also be retiring soon.
A survey of teachers
at KU revealed that most of them think that such faculty members should be
removed from any administrative position pending action taken by the Syndicate
under the University of Karachi Employees (Efficiency & Discipline)
Ordinance. The penalty under the Efficiency & Discipline Ordinance can be
compulsory retirement or removal from service.
A number of teachers were
of the view that the presence of such faculty members and their influence was
jeopardising the career of a number of junior faculty members who were enrolled
for research under them. They demanded a strict scrutiny of research theses
completed under such professors including Prof. Noori, Prof. Sultana
(Pharmaceutical Chemistry), Prof. Arayen of Chemistry, Prof. Mahmood Ghaznavi
(Mass Communication) and Prof. Nuzhat Ahmed (Genetics). University authorities,
however, have failed to stop them from supervising PhD research.
also consider the high number of PhD students enrolled under each professor as
another reason why plagiarism was on the rise at KU. Some university professors
have more than 20 PhD students at a time. Others have supervised dozens of PhD
theses in comparatively short time.
JPMC nurses await contract renewal
Karachi: Forty-two contract-based nurses at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) are awaiting
the renewal of their contracts, despite a shortage of nurses in various wards of
the hospital. These nurses had been recruited on March 2007 on two-year
contracts, which are about to expire soon. "We had already forwarded
applications to authorities concerned, but our efforts have been in vain,"
nurses said. They said that if the government fails to extend their
contract, they would go on strike by the end of this month.
SZABIST to host inter-university film festival
Karachi: The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and
Technology (SZABIST) Media Sciences department has organised the second student
film festival, which will kick off on April 9 and conclude on April 12. All
selected and nominated films will be screened on April 9 and 10, while students
and faculty from all the universities will attend the screenings.
organising such festivals, we intend to provide a platform for students from
different film schools, where they can communicate and learn by sharing each
others' works and ideas", Daniyal Ali Khan, SZABIST Media Sciences Coordinator
Invites have been sent to various institutions, and it is
expected that Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, National College of
Arts Lahore, National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi University, PAF
Karachi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Iqra University/AMI, Beacon
House National University (Lahore), Lecole, FAST Karachi, Institute of Business
Administration, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, Lahore University of Management
Sciences and Greenwich University (Karachi) will all participate.
will be nominated in 11 categories, including Best Actor, Best Director, Best
Film, Best Cinematography, Best Story, Best Original Score, Best Sound Design,
Best Editing, Best Animation, Best Silent Film and Best Documentary.
final award ceremony will take place on April 12, where industry professionals
will give away prize money and the Tin Man to the award-wining films, followed
by a post-event party for nominated students, giving them an opportunity to
interact with media professionals.
The Tin Man Award has been named after
the famous character from the film "The Wizard of Oz" and this award is a
tribute to the film, said Khan, adding that "the motto of SZABIST media Sciences
has always been to promote film and video as part of academics."
arranging festivals like these, we intend to create a new cinema movement, with
a firm commitment to film as an art form and intellectual medium," he
Zeeshan Ahmad, a participant of the Film Festival said: "I
look forward to getting some constructive criticism about the work that I have
submitted from industry professionals and other students."
the future of cinema in Pakistan, Khan said, "Lollywood originally belonged to
educated people like Pervaiz Malik and Waheed Muraad, and only by educating
students about this craft, can we set new standards in the Pakistani film
Talking about the Media Science programme at SZABIST, he said
that students at SZABIST undergo intense theoretical and practical training of
film and video in a four-year undergraduate programme. Students are sent to AAFT
(Asian Academy of film and TV) Noida and NYFA (New York Film Academy) where they
are trained on 16mm film. Khan said that SZABIST will be offering a Masters in
Film and Video in 2010, with majors in Direction and Cinematography. After
receiving a great response from Media Schools and industry professionals last
year, Khan explained that SZABIST expects something "even bigger and better"
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HEC asks education ministry to withdraw dismissal order of DCET principal
Karachi: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked the Ministry of
Education to withdraw the notification of dismissal of services of the Dawood
College of Engineering & Technology (DCET) principal because the ministry
has no right to take any action against DCET. The latter is a federal
The HEC has written a letter to the Ministry of Education in
connection with the notification issued on March 13 for the dismissal of DCET
Principal Dr Nasim. The HEC letter says that following the establishment of DCET
as a degree awarding institute, the Ministry of Education no longer has the
administrative jurisdiction for issuing notifications. The letter further asks
for the withdrawal of the notification.
Meanwhile, DCET students have
reacted strongly against the dismissal of DCET principal by the Ministry of
Education on unfounded allegations. The Students Action Committee (SAC), an
umbrella of seven student associations, held a press conference to register
their disapproval and anger against the action. The SAC has decided to continue
their protest until the DCET principal is reinstated. The News
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